Compiled by C. ARUNO, FATIMAH ZAINAL and R. ARAVINTHAN
Educationist group Dong Zong has urged the government to reconsider recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), reported Sin Chew Daily.In its annual general meeting on Saturday, Dong Zong passed seven resolutions on Chinese education and independent Chinese schools, one of which was the recognition of the UEC.
Its president Tan Tai Kim told a post-AGM press conference that he hoped to discuss with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Education Ministry on the matter as soon as possible.
The UEC qualification is taken by sixth-form students at independent Chinese schools and is considered by some foreign universities as equivalent to the prestigious
main stream Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination.
However, the UEC has yet to be recognised by public universities in Malaysia, thus forcing students
who wish to further their studies to either go to private universities or study abroad.
He pointed out that in 2018, both the government and opposition parties had an understanding that there would be progress in recognising the UEC following the 14th General Election.
However, Tan said progress was stalled due to certain right-wing bodies misconstruing the nature of the examination.
“I reiterate that since the very beginning, Dong Zong has maintained an open attitude and is willing to hold talks with any party to facilitate a better understanding and find common ground,” he said.
On July 19, the Prime Minister’s Office released a statement clarifying that Muhyiddin had never said that the government would recognise the UEC at his recent meeting with leaders of Huazong, the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia.
> Malaysian rapper Namewee’s new song caused a stir online after it was mistaken as a new tune by legendary rock musician Wu Bai, with many fans saying that it reminded them of music from the 1980s, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The song, cheekily named Five Hundred (Chinese: Wu Bai), was a homonym to the veteran performer’s stage name Wu Bai and was intended as a tribute to his music.
“We tried to get Wu Bai to make a cameo in the music video but regrettably, we did not manage to get him.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to perform this song on stage with him,” Namewee said.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.